"J.J. has played great," said his AAU coach, Chris Johnson of the WorldWide Renegades. "After losing the season opener to Columbia, they won both games this weekend and are now 2-1."
Hickson scored 16 points (6-of-14 from the field) and grabbed 11 rebounds in the opener, as Wheeler fell 69-53 to Columbia in a game that was televised nationally on ESPNU.
Friday night, he totaled 21 points and 20 boards as Wheeler defeated Centennial. The next night Hickson was even more impressive, registering 28 points and 16 rebounds, both game-highs, as Wheeler routed Alpharetta.
Through three games, Hickson is averaging 21.7 points and 15.7 rebounds.
A consensus top 25 player, Hickson is rated the No. 3 center prospect in the country by Scout.com. The network has also tabbed him a five-star prospect and the No. 21 player overall in the class of 2007. He is expected to be a McDonald's All-American this spring.
At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Hickson has the size and ability to impact the NC State program right away. He could start from day one and has the potential to be a two-and-out player. With a roster in desperate need of star talent, Hickson fits the mold.
"In the last 10 years [J.J. Hickson] and Cedric Simmons are the most talented post players the program has recruited," said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep. "I think this is a guy with a huge upside who can score it, defend and impact games early in his career."
Next up for Hickson and Wheeler is a home game Tuesday, December 12th at 7:30 pm against Sprayberry High School. Pack Pride will have updates on J.J. Hickson throughout his season so stay tuned!